An abdominal strain will keep Alexis Sanchez on the sidelines for two weeks, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.
The Chile forward, who wants to leave Arsenal this summer with one year left on his contract, has not had much pre-season training after being given time off for playing in the FIFA Confederations Cup in July.
"Sanchez will not be available," Wenger said during his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of Friday's Premier League season opener against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.
"He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training. He had the scan two days ago. He's out for a while."
When asked if the wantaway Sanchez could still sign a new Arsenal deal, Wenger said: "Always possible. When a player is in the final year (of their contract) we will always try to extend.
"There is no reason not to do it. We are not there yet."
Wenger also refuted reports that big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, who just bought Neymar for a world–record €222m fee from Barcelona, have made a bid for Sanchez.
Wenger said: "No, I didn't speak to Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG chairman).
"He was busy completing the transfer of Neymar. They are on (Kylian) Mbappe's case, that's what I read in the papers. I have had no contact at all with PSG.
"I can't tell you that (if there have been offers). We are not open to any offers anyway.
"He is focused. When you have treatment on the medical bench it's not easy.
"Plenty of uncertainties about players who didn't play against Chelsea – (Aaron) Ramsey, (Mesut) Ozil, (Per) Mertesacker.
"I have players coming back who have not played."
Wenger is however has confidence in his side as they host the 2015/2016 Premier League champions.
"We're well prepared and ready for a fight. Ambitious as well," the Frenchman added.
"I think we had good physical preparation and all of our players got a decent number of minutes."Fastest Paying Betting Site in Nigeria: Grab your 140% First Time Deposit Bonus Now — www.Sportybet.Com Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.